PokerStars caps big bet games in 8-game mix. Dan Smith and David Peters among Aria high roller winners. New Jersey online gaming turns three. And more.

More changes for PokerStars

PokerStars has made some changes to its 8-game mix tables that have not gone over well with a lot of the posters on the 2+2 forum, or professional players on social media.

The change only affects the big bet games (No Limit Holdem and PLO) in the mix by adding a 40BB cap to each hand.

The general idea likely has to do with protecting casual players, but I’m not sure if NLHE and PLO are the weak links in casual players mixed game rotation, and it might be where they try to recoup their losses in weaker games. Pros definitely won’t like it, so it will be interesting to see if this change is rolled-back down the road.

Quick Hitters

– Aria hosted a trio of high roller tournaments, with total prize-pools of over $3 million. Not surprisingly, the winners were well known poker players and regulars in these high-stakes poker tournaments: Dan Smith, David Peters, and Ali Fazeli. Tom Marchese finished 3rd in two events and Erik Seidel finished 2nd and 6th.

– PokerStars will be awarding $5 million during its Christmas Festival, including a $1 million freeroll and something the site is calling the $2 million Monday Million, a $2 million guaranteed tournament on December 26.

– Today I took a look at what motivates different players to play poker, and how we can use this information to improve player experiences and build more appealing games.

– PokerStars has launched its first online casino ad campaign.

– New Jersey’s online gaming industry is approaching its third birthday, and US Poker decided to take a look back at the first three years of the industry and see which operators have been excelling in the market.